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Use the GDC 2021 Session Viewer to browse and sort the ever-growing list of sessions by day, time, pass type, topic, and format. All registered attendees will be able to build their personal schedule directly within the event platform, once live early July 2021. All times are listed in Pacific Time.

How to Empower Your Inner CEO with Mindfulness and Meditation

Scott Crabtree  (Chief Happiness Officer, Happy Brain Science)

Date: Thursday, July 22

Time: 9:40am - 10:40am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Production & Team Management

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Mindfulness and meditation empower your prefrontal cortex, which we call your "inner CEO". The prefrontal cortex is responsible for executive functions such as prioritization, focusing attention, making decisions, initiating action, and inhibiting inappropriate actions. Mindfulness is simply paying complete attention to the present moment without judgment. So why do it? Because a growing mountain of scientific evidence suggests that mindfulness and meditation: Improves self-control and emotional regulation, reduces stress and increase happiness, and improves your ability to focus in an extremely distracting world. In this highly interactive workshop, you'll try several forms of mindfulness, including meditation techniques that can be immediately applied in a busy day leading game development. You will leave with a more powerful inner CEO, and the ability to bring mindfulness to your biggest game development challenges.


You will leave with a rewired brain that is better able to focus and control itself. You will walk away having experienced multiple forms of mindfulness, all of which can be practiced even in extremely busy game development. You will have tools and knowledge to develop a mindfulness meditation practice, which will continue to boost your creativity, health, and success for the rest of your life.

Intended Audience

This session will be useful to any game developer. It will be especially useful to anyone who formally or informally leads others.